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Four good things for the weekend (July 17-July 19)

Huge Brazilian carnival; fireworks and fun on the waterfront; real Pageant of Power and hot summer reggae roots with Dave Thackeray

Published on July 16th 2010.


Four good things for the weekend (July 17-July 19)

Carnival knowledge
Rain forecast? Maybe, but not here. The UK’s ONLY Brazilian carnival is set to bring sunshine, samba beats and summer dancing to the streets of Liverpool this Saturday.

An extraordinary line-up of renowned Samba bands and dance troupes are converging here for the UK’s only Rio-style parade, transforming the city centre with a fantastical beasts, mythical monsters and dazzling queens - all dancing to sensational samba bands.

The Liverpool Samba School will be joined on this year’s Liverpool Carnival Parade by a vast variety of magnificent performers, including Manchester and Liverpool’s amazing Cordao de Ouro who will perform capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, music and martial arts). The Parisian samba group Sambatuc are travelling all the way from home for this special event and will join some of the UK’s finest samba bands, including the Oya Batucada group from Birmingham, the Paraiso Samba School from London and Manchester’s Republic of Swing.

Founded by a Liverpool husband-and-wife team, Roger and Maeve Morris, the idea for the carnival developed out of the Liverpool Samba School, which the dedicated couple established in 1995.

Roger says: “Liverpool won’t know what’s hit it when a giant silver elephant joins a colossal Medusa, and an army of fantastic creatures!”

He oviously hasn't spent any amount of time in the Primark fitting rooms.
*Liverpool Carnival 2010: 8.30pm-10pm, Saturday 17th July 2010. Liverpool City Centre, travelling down Cambridge Street, Oxford Street, Hope Street, Hardman Street, Leece Street, Bold Street, Slater Street, Wood Street, Fleet Street, Slater Street, Duke Street and finale at the Chinese Arch.

On the waterfront
First they announced plans to build a new city museum in the shape of a sneeze. Then the subsequent snub to style was exacerbated when someone managed to persuade the council to shut the prom walkway off for roughly three

years, so far, so we could watch, from a distance, three black blobs of Frankenstein architecture being constructed before our very eyes Confidential passims). Oh, what do we know?

But hey, a brief respite to the malaise is among us in the form of the spectacular On The Waterfront festival gracing our Graces this very weekend.Be cause not only are we being treated to all manner of pyrotechnical mayhem – we do like our fireworks in the pool - but they're sort of reopening the closed bit of the riverside walkway. For a bit anyway.

During the On The Waterfront festival this weekend you'll see acrobats flying up to 60 foot above water and throughout the ship's rig in the 'To Kiss a Sailor' show aboard a real-life tall ship, twice each on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; a spectacular nightly waterborne performance on Friday and Saturday; street performers throughout; sand sculptures, and a Feel Good Fair.
* On The Waterfront festival, Hartley Quay, Albert Dock and Pier Head, L1.Friday to Sunday, July 16 to 18. All events free.

Throbbing metal
What a wonderful tribute it is to launch a monster display of cars, bikes, boats and aircraft for the world and her wife to indulge in. That's just what Kevin Wheatcroft has done in honour of his dad Tom, a lifelong motorsports fan and owner of Donington Park circuit.

If you've got a camera and fancy a bimble out, get down to The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power at the castle of the same name in Malpas, Cheshire. They say there'll be half a billion quid of things with engines. If Chris Evans turns up, you can double that.
* The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Malpas, Cheshire.Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18 from 8am. Tickets from £15.

Legend at the Zoo
The seven-piece known as Legend perform Bob Marley’s biggest hits at the Zoo Cafe bar in St Helens on Friday, if you happen to be up that way.

Featuring band leader Cheesy, Michael Anton Phillips, the troupe includes musos who have worked with the likes of Musical Youth, Dennis Brown, The Mighty Diamonds and many more from the reggae hall of fame.

Zoo Cafe Bar will be transformed with a beach theme specially for the occasion, with a Jamaican barbecue for al fresco fans.
* Legend at Zoo Cafe Bar, Westfield Street, St Helens, WA10 1QJ.Doors 7.30pm, admission £10.

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